The Life Of A Fountain Coin: What Happens After You Toss It In And Make Your Wish
I love throwing coins into fountains. Unless there is a sign that specifically says "DO NOT THROW COINS INTO THIS FOUNTAIN", you can bet I'm about to rummage around the bottom of my purse until I find change of some kind. Then I pick the perfect coin, close my eyes tight, make a wish, and toss that bad boy in! I came across this cool article from BuzzFeed article that not only explains why we like to throw coins into fountains, but also gives us a peek as to where some of that money goes to!
BuzzFeed learned from Palm Beach County's psychotherapist Fran Sheran that, in essence, it's all about good vibes... The simple act of "giving, even in tiny amounts, makes people feel good while feeding their own 'wishes and plans and hopes and dreams'". Sherman dives deeper by explaining that making the wish puts positive thoughts in our heads, which in turn triggers the release of endorphins; a happy, good feelings hormone! After the coin has been tossed and the wish wished, where does all that change go?
- The Bellagio lake = about $12,000 a year
- Mall of America fountains = about $24,000 a year
- Centennial Flame Fountain outside Canadian Parliament = about $6,000 a year
- Rainforest Cafe fountains (nationwide) = about $25,000 a year
- Disney World fountains = about $18,000 in 2014
- Bryant Park fountain in New York City = about $3,400 a year
- The Trevi Fountain in Rome (the mack daddy of them all) = about $1,000,000 a year
And the best part, to me anyway, is that a lot of the fountains take the money that gets thrown in and donate it to various charities. You can see what charity each fountain donates their money to HERE.